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Press Release 09-147
Of Mutts and Men

Genetic study of African village dogs challenges the ancestral origins of several dog breeds

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Follow world-trekking scientists in an audio slideshow, as they piece together the history of dogs.

Credit: Lisa Raffensperger, National Science Foundation


Photo of a dog on a table adjacent to person with gloved hands.

A recent study of African village dogs revealed they are genetically distinct from non-native breed dogs, but share some genetic markers with mixed breed dogs from North America, like this one in Puerto Rico.

Credit: Adam Boyko, Cornell University

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